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express surprise tonight after pope benedict 16th 's announcement he is stepping down -- benedict xvi's announcement that he is stepping down. >> reporter: the news came as a surprise to many people. catholics here tell us what they'd like to see a new leader bring to the church. pope benedict xvi made a stunning announcement this morning. the 85-year-old german born pope said fatigue is the reason he's stepping down. his papacy began in 2005. >> wow, this is big news. >> reporter: brother charles hilton teaches history at st. mary's college and says a sitting poem has not resigned in -- pope has not resigned in almost 600 years. >> what a beautiful gesture to say that his own strength is failing and rather than grasp power and hang onto it to the end he's going to let it go. >> reporter: during the nightly mass at st. mary's chapel the pope's announcement was on the minds of those attending services. some hope a new leader will allow the catholic church to reexamine its approach towards hot button issues such as abortion, same sex marriage and the role of women in the church. >> t
benedict xvi has had a pace maker for years. he stunned the world by announcing he is resigning. sources say even his closest a owes yachts are no idea he was leaving, he has approached the roll of abortion and even the roll of women in the church. >> it becomes dangerous because people are not going it stand for it. >> he sited age and -- cited age and his failing health as the reason he is stepping down. you will find more information on the pope's decision of stepping down and the process of choosing the next pope on www.ktvu.com. >>> the meeting is schedule today by the defense partner. plus al gore will have have more on the visit and why some people are not happy about it. >>> we have traffic moving well on the peninsular and we will have more traffic for you and more bay area weather coming up. stay tuned. . >>> good morning, well, i live around the bearings once it burns off, it will be sunny and nice. >>> cleanup effort are underway in mississippi after a destructive tornado blew through the state over the weekend. more than 570 homes and businesses were destroyed. more than 80
, ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> archdiocese is recognizing the pope benedict xvi -- that pope benedict xvi has a pace maker. the pope cited his age and fatigue and the reason he is stepping down. they hope the new leader will allow them to reexamine issues such as abortion and same sex marriages and the role of women in the church. >> i think the church needs to move forward and it becomes dangerous because people are not going to stand for it and they will loose a lot of the people they had. >> sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning on stepping down. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place for easter and this could be a historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a boom in asia and latin america and a new pope could come from a country far away from europe. we have a new tab dedicated to the pope, and you will find more information on the pope's decision to step down and the process they will use in choosing a new pope on www.ktvu.com. >>> we are starting in the south bay, dave, pam 237 exactly, westb
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
time pope benedict xvi has had a pace maker for years. this came one day after the pope announced he was resigning. he cited his age and fatigue is the reasons he is stepping down. even his closest associates had no idea he was planning on stepping down. the church hopes to have a new pope in place in time for easter. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected boom in asia and latin america. and a new pope could come from a country far away from europe. >> up until this point popes have always been european but the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from nigeria and canada. they are all on the short list. there is one considered to become the next pope. >>> the arch diocese recently barred him from public duties for not doing more to stop sexual abuse by priests when he led the archdiocese. he looks forward to traveling to rome to elect the next pope. you will find more on the pope's decision to step down and you will find the process of choosing the next pope on www.ktvu.com. >>> i am looking at the toll plaza and we can all
, connecticut. >>> the vatican is acknowledging for the first time that pope benedict xvi has had a pacemaker for several years. this revelation came a short time ago, one day after the pope stunned the world's 1 billion plus catholics by announcing he's resigning. the 85-year-old pope cited his age and fatigue as the reasons he's stepping down. sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning to resign. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place by easter, march 31st. the vatican says the pope will have no role in what could be an historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected catholic room in asia, africa and latin america. the new pope could come from a country as far away as europe. >> up to this point, popes have been always european. but the church as a whole and the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from ghana, nigeria and canada are on the top list. timothy dolan is expected the top american to become the top pope. richard mahoney will help elect the new pope. the archdiocese
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